Profession: NBA Center
Why Famous: One of the pioneers of professional basketball, redefining it as a game of so-called big men with his prolific rebounding, shot blocking and his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot. He won seven NBL, BAA, and NBA championships, an All-Star MVP trophy, and three scoring titles.
- 1947-05-17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny
- 1945-03-26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34
- 1952-01-20 The NBA's first superstar George Mikan scores a career high 61 points leading the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals
- 1953-01-13 3rd NBA All-Star Game, Allen County Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana: West beats East, 79-75; MVP: George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers, C
- 1967-02-01 The 10-team American Basketball Association (ABA) with George Mikan as Commissioner is formed and lasts 9 years; its three-point shot remains a feature of the game